Saint Louis University's School of Nursing offers graduate research assistantships
as an option for full-time students on campus. There are both contractual requirements
and school expectations for doctoral research/teaching assistants.
- Work 20 hours per week for assigned faculty during weeks that SLU is in session for
the period of time defined in your contract.
- Take course work or actively engage in other academic work (e.g., dissertation) consistent
with full-time student status.
- Refrain from other regular outside work for pay unless this has been approved in advance
by your adviser, program director and the graduate dean.
- Doctoral assistants are actively involved in acquiring research competencies and teaching
competencies, if the latter are consistent with your role aspirations. To foster
this development and to encourage your participation in a developing community of
scholars, you will be expected to attend and participate actively in regularly scheduled
School of Nursing monthly research events and, if you are a teaching assistant, special
instructional events consistent with developing teaching expertise.
Three hours per month of the your contracted time may be allocated to participation
in these events.
- Doctoral assistants are expected to develop role competencies appropriate to a future
academic or clinical research position. Participation in governance through the committee
structure of the school is an important part of this role development, and the active
participation of doctoral students on a variety of committees is welcomed and valued.
Two hours per month of the your contracted time may be allocated to participation
in SON committee work.
- The two provisions above allow for a maximum of five hours per month of your contracted
assistantship time (approximately 6 percent of that time to be used for role development
In addition, our doctoral assistants are strongly encouraged to participate in regional
and national presentations of their work. A maximum of three work days per academic
year (i.e., the equivalent of 3*4=12 hours of assistantship time) may be devoted to
regional and national presentations of your work (either work related to the assistantship
or other scholarly work).
First year doctoral students may use a maximum of two work days per academic year
(i.e., the equivalent of 2*4=8 hours of assistantship time) to attend a regional or
national research or scholarly meeting. Funding from the research office is available
to help defray the expenses of presenters (maximum of $400 for one presentation per
academic year; maximum of $300 for attendance at one conference per year). Funding
must be requested and approved prior to travel.
- Doctoral assistants working for the School of Nursing will be allowed to use our materials
and supplies for personal academic work at a reimbursement rate that compensates us
at cost. A schedule of the reimbursement rate for various supplies (e.g., transparencies)
and services (e.g., use of the color printer to print copies on 28# stock) will be
made available in early fall of each academic year by the assistant dean.
Assistants are on the honor system to keep records of their use and to reimburse the
administrative assistant of the Office of Nursing Research by cash or check at least
once each semester. Occasional small uses need not be recorded or reimbursed.
Materials and services used for grant proposal preparation or for classroom handouts
need not be recorded or reimbursed. Materials and services used for scholarly presentation
outside the SON should be recorded and reimbursed, but as noted above, some funding
is available to help defray those costs.
If a large scale use of supplies or services is planned, the doctoral student should
clear this in advance with the administrative assistant of the Office of Nursing Research
to be sure that supplies are not suddenly depleted or instructional work is not disrupted.
- Doctoral assistants are given SLU business cards and are asked to post time cards
on their office doors, indicating their probable hours of use of their shared offices.
This will allow greater sharing of not-in-use computers by doctoral assistants and
NRSA fellowship holders.